Rockies 5 Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Brad Hawpe (hahp) and Todd Helton each hit two-run homers in Colorado's 5-to-3 win at Pittsburgh.

Rockies starter Jeff Francis won his fifth decision in a row to improve to 10-and-5. He gave up six hits in seven innings and helped himself with an R-B-I single.

Francis is now 9-and-1 over his past 13 starts

Manny Corpas pitched the ninth for his third save.

Bucs starter Ian Snell takes the loss and falls to 7-and-7.

Freddy Sanchez and Adam LaRoche homered for the Pirates, who suffered their sixth straight loss to fall a season-low 14 games under .500.

Clint Hurdle won his 400th game with Rockies, becoming the second manager to reach that milestone. Don Baylor is the franchise's leader with 440 wins.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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